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Red Raider football springs into action

Source: Texas Tech Athletics Source: Texas Tech Athletics

Despite the winter weather in Lubbock, Texas Tech has commenced spring football practices.

With ten starters back on offense and seven on defense, the Red Raiders look to improve on a 4-8 mark last season. Three days into spring drills, Kliff Kingsbury believes last season's disappointment will provide motivation for this team.

"Just that they're hungry. Sitting at home for 5 weeks didn't [sit] very well with any of them or with any of the coaches for that matter. They have something to prove and so that's fun to see. It's a group that has something to prove so we just have to work to that end."

Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb are getting the reps at quarterback. Practices are closed to the public, but Red Raider DB Justis Nelson likes what he sees.

"Offseason, it was pretty good. We came together a lot as a team. The strength coaches put us through some pretty hard workouts. In the end, we came together. You can tell on the field, everybody has each other's back. It's carrying over from the weight room onto the field."

New Defensive Coordinator David Gibbs will work to turn around the Red Raider defense.

"They're a lot further ahead on offense. But the defensive guys, we're competing every day. We're getting better. I've seen some improvement. Kids are playing fast. We have a bunch of guys learning a bunch of different things, techniques, fundamentals, coverages. We try to keep it pretty simple just to build a base, a foundation. You know after three days it's a work in progress."

Texas Tech will not host a spring football game this year due to construction at Jones AT&T Stadium, but fans can see the team in action March 28 at 11 a.m. in Midland for their open scrimmage.

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